Silverfish are a pest that can be found in damp areas. They are usually nocturnal, which means that they are most active at night. Their slender bodies and flattened bodies allow them to hide under clutter. However, they can cause damage to items such as books, photos and papers.
Although silverfish can be an occasional problem, they can quickly become an infestation. Luckily, the good news is that you can do a lot to prevent it.
You can start by eliminating moisture. To prevent a silverfish invasion, you can lower humidity in your home. Dehumidifiers can help reduce the moisture in the air. Alternatively, you can eliminate objects that provide shelter for the insects.
You can also deter them by reducing the amount of moisture in the ground. Place tarps over the soil to keep it from drying out. Make sure to clean out any leaves and weeds that are nearby. If you see a lot of bugs, you may have a bigger problem.
Another way to discourage them is by filling any cracks in the walls with diatomaceous earth. This is a naturally-occurring substance that is toxic to silverfish. It can be sprinkled around doors, windows, and cracks.
You can also put cedar shavings in small cloth sachets and place them in your stockings. Putting a layer of cedar oil along your baseboards will repel the insects as well.
There are also many products that can be used to kill silverfish. For example, you can use sticky traps.